Baseball

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins, right, stands next to newly- signed pitcher Shun Yamaguchi as he puts a team shirt on before speaking to the media Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
March 25, 2020 - 4:01 pm
TORONTO (AP) — If Major League Baseball needs to squeeze more games into a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs, perhaps this idea could get tossed into play: seven-inning doubleheaders. “Maybe that’s something we have to consider,” Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said...
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An empty practice field is seen at the Miami Marlins spring training baseball facility, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. Major League Baseball planned to update teams Monday on its health policy.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Associated Press
March 16, 2020 - 2:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement...
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Bugler Jay Cohen plays "First Call" as he calls the riders to post for the first race at Santa Anita Park to empty stands Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Arcadia, Calif. While most of the sports world is idled by the coronavirus pandemic, horse racing runs on. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Associated Press
March 15, 2020 - 7:55 pm
The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned after federal officials said Sunday that they recommend all in-person events involving 50 people or more be called off for the next eight weeks. That’s twice as long as...
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This March 12, 2020 shows a sports betting ticket at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, N.J. where all five games that were bet on were canceled due to coronavirus precautions. Most professional and college sports events in the U.S. have been suspended or delayed, leaving little to bet on. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
Associated Press
March 12, 2020 - 5:36 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There's still darts. Or New Zealand cricket. The fast-spreading coronavirus has led to an unprecedented slew of cancellations or suspensions of most major professional and college sports events in the U.S., particularly within the last 48 hours. Baseball, basketball,...
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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walks off the field during a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Associated Press
March 12, 2020 - 2:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball delayed the start of its season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak and suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule. Opening day had been scheduled for March 26. The decision announced by Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, the Golden State Warriors championship banners hang above the seating and basketball court at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors will play the Brooklyn Nets at home Thursday night, March 12, 2020, in the first NBA game without fans since the outbreak of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
Associated Press
March 12, 2020 - 12:10 am
The NBA became the first major American sports league to suspend play because of the coronavirus pandemic, raising questions Wednesday night about the future of college basketball's March Madness and other pro sports. It looked as if the NBA might be moving toward playing in empty arenas before it...
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White Sox Michael Kopech
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Associated Press
March 10, 2020 - 7:34 pm
Michael Kopech quickly got back up to speed for the Chicago White Sox. In his first game since having Tommy John surgery 18 months ago, Kopech threw 11 pitches — and six reached 100 mph. "Yeah, I might have been a little geeked," he said Tuesday. The 23-year-old right-hander started against Texas...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2016, file photo, Texas Rangers pitcher Sam Dyson, left, packs a bag in the locker room at the baseball park in Arlington, Texas. The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis, the leagues announced in a joint statement Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
Associated Press
March 09, 2020 - 6:48 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis, the leagues announced in a joint statement Monday night. The leagues said they made the decision “after...
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New York Yankees' Zack Britton delivers a pitch during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Associated Press
March 04, 2020 - 7:21 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball has proposed banning player access to video during games, according to New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton, but the union wants to allow it with protections that would prevent catchers' signs from being visible. Players' association head Tony Clark met...
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The San Francisco Giants run during spring training baseball practice, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Associated Press
February 18, 2020 - 8:05 pm
The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants are pushing ahead with pay raises for minor league players this season, days after Major League Baseball mandated salary bumps beginning in 2021. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer and Giants baseball executive Farhan Zaidi confirmed the wage hikes Tuesday. MLB...
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